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Mearns Family History

Mearns Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from a place so named in Renfrewshire or from a region called The Mearns, more or less co-extensive with Kincardineshire, named in Gaelic as an Mhaoirne, a derivative of maor ‘beadle’ (see Mair).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Hearn, Meas, Mars, Kearns, Warns, Maras, Mares, Jeans, Maris, Means

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Where is the Mearns family from?

You can see how Mearns families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mearns family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mearns families were found in and Scotland in 1841and Scotland in 1851and Scotland in 1861and Scotland in 1871and Scotland in 1881and Scotland in 1891and Scotland in 1901. In 1840 there were 2 Mearns families living in Georgia. This was about 29% of all the recorded Mearns's in the USA. Georgia had the highest population of Mearns families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Mearns surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Mearns ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Mearns. 17% of Mearns men worked as a Laborer and 15% of Mearns women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mearns were Truck Driver and Saleslady.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    13%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Truck Driver
    10%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    15%
  • Clerk
    15%
  • Nurse
    12%
  • Saleslady
    9%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Mearns. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Mearns. For the veterans among your Mearns ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mearns lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Mearns life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1975. The average life expectancy for Mearns in 1950 was 49, and 74 in 2004.

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